(BPT) - Americans love barbecue - we just can't help it. One whiff of that smoky meat is all many people need before their mouths start to water and they crave a stack of tender ribs. The food industry has taken notice, as smoked foods are all the rage these days. New BBQ joints are popping up all over the U.S., and even restaurants that don't specialize in smoked foods are finding ways to incorporate them into the menu.
While smoked meats are delicious, they haven't always been the most convenient food to cook at home. The traditional method of 'low and slow cooking' with charcoal or wood not only requires practice to master, but a lot of time and attention during the cooking process - it's not uncommon for people to spend the entire day tending to their smokers.
Thank goodness there is a new generation of high-performance, low-maintenance smokers - like the new Char-Broil Digital Electric Smokers - that are giving everyone from pitmasters to those new to smoking, an easy way to smoke foods at home. Designed to address many of the challenges that barbecue-lovers found with traditional smokers, the Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker 725 and 725 Deluxe are easy to control and make great-tasting food. Most importantly, they can be used on patios, balconies and rooftop terraces of all sizes so lack of outdoor space is no longer an issue.
Despite what some purists will say about charcoal smokers being the only way to smoke, these new smokers deliver just as flavorful, mouth-watering foods. If you're new to smoking, or looking for a convenient way to enjoy smoked foods anytime, consider an electric smoker:
1. You can easily manage temperature
The biggest hassle of slow-cooking barbecue is regularly checking the meat's temperature. The Char-Broil Digital Electric Smokers solve this problem by offering an integrated temperature probe that displays the meat's temperature, making it easy to monitor throughout the cooking cycle.
2. There's no more guesswork
Even experienced meat smokers have to be careful not to overcook the food. The integrated meat temperature probe lets you set a designated finished meat temperature. As soon as you reach that pre-set temp, the smoker alerts you and then turns down the heat so your items stay at the perfect point of doneness until you're ready to serve them.
3. They're versatile
With four removable cooking racks that can be rearranged to accommodate several different sized items at once, you can smoke a variety of foods - from meats to vegetables to nuts - at one time.
4. They smoke for hours
The combination of the temperature probe and large capacity wood chip box lets you smoke up to six hours without adding chips so you don't have to spend all day hovering over your meat to ensure its cooked properly. Set the temperature and take some time to do projects around the house or relax on a Saturday afternoon watching the big game.
Why make barbecuing harder than it has to be? Consider buying a digital electric smoker so you can get the same smoky flavor you love without all the hassle. Learn more about the benefits of electric smokers at http://www.charbroil.com/community/digital-electric-smoker/.